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Newburyport, Massachusetts: Quaint, Historic, Coastal and Featuring a Beautiful Downtown

Article and photos (unless otherwise noted) by Eric Hurwitz. Updated Oct. 4, 2017


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Downtown Newburyport. Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel


If you are looking for a small seaport city with a picture-perfect postcard look and plenty of things to see and do, then we recommend anchoring your stay in Newburyport, Mass.

Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Newburyport surely represents the best of coastal New England. A charming, historic sea captain's town boasting spectacular Federal mansions, a nice harbor where boating is popular, brick sidewalks, hanging flower baskets in the summer, restaurants with delicious, often locally caught local seafood (The Grog at 13 Middle St., Michael's Waterfront with nice water views at One Tournament Wharf, and Starboard Galley at 55 Water St., to name a few), several art galleries, and boutiques and quaint little shops with appealing merchandise and storefront displays. Many visitors often find that the "nooks and crannies" alleyways have just as much appeal as the main streets in this beautiful little city that actually acts more like a small town. All this adds up to a great walking town that never gets boring.

Newburyport's great location results in a place to spend a nice beach day in the summer, a cool fall foliage walk in the fall, a cold but charming place to call your own in the winter (at a quaint historic inn or one of the many cozy fireplaced restaurants), and a walker's haven in the spring. Newburyport is also located close to the New Hampshire seacoast, the fun of the southern Maine coast (York Beach, Wells, Ogunquit) and under an hour to Boston.

Boats at dawn, Newburyport waterfront, Credit: Donna O'Neil
Boats at dawn, Newburyport waterfront.  Credit: Donna O'Neil by Massachusetts Office of Travel

Once downtrodden, Newburyport's remarkable revitalization brings crowds of people during the warmer weather, yet the proud city does not seem as popular as other classic Massachusetts seacoast destinations. That allows for a more relaxed pace for those who would rather not fight overwhelming crowds and be nauseated by hokey, souvenir shops. Newburyport, on the other hand, mixes old-time newspaper/soda fountain stores like Fowle's with upscale shops that also happen to sell useful merchandise from furniture to clothing.

Fowle's, an old-fashioned variety store in Newburyport, Mass.
A stroll through downtown Newburyport.

The relaxed pace is best exemplified, however, by the 11-mile barrier island, Plum Island featuring the Parker Wildlife Refuge.
The Refuge features 6.5 miles of sandy beach, 3,000 acres of salt marsh, magnificent dunes and great bird-watching opportunities, including the rare Piping Plover located at Sandy Point Reservation (a state park at the tip of the Refuge).

Parker Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport, Massachusetts
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA. Credit: Matt Poole/USFWS

Newburyport's mix of sun, sand, shops and scenery ultimately makes for one of Massachusetts' most appealing coastal destinations. We encourage you to visit this wonderful city as part of your Massachusetts/ New England vacation.

For more information on Newburyport, visit the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce web site


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